Fruit Tree Care and Pruning Workshops
A series of fruit tree care and pruning workshops were rolled out across four districts in late July and early August this year. Young District Landcare, Weddin Landcare, Lake Cowal Foundation and Temora Shire Council were supported by LachLandcare through the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative in the delivery of the workshops, which were held in Maimuru, Grenfell, West Wyalong and Temora and were attended by over 120 people.
Landcare Coordinators Mikla Lewis and Megan Harris collaborated on the workshops. ”Young District and Weddin Landcare groups have previously collaborated on other events and projects. It is great to be working with Megan for the first time to include the Temora and Bland shires in bringing these fruit tree workshops to fruition in the local communities that we represent”.
The workshops were designed for people with established backyard fruit trees in need of some care and those considering establishing a backyard orchard. Some participants simply wanted to improve their pruning techniques and were able to practice pruning for themselves with the presenter’s assistance.
The workshops were presented by Nicholas Gerhard from Soil by Design. A certified permaculture designer and teacher, Nicholas is also trained in Allan Savory's Holistic Management practices, commercial market gardening, aquaponics design, mushroom cultivation and bio-intensive growing practices. Nicholas’s wife Jennie assisted with the workshops.